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Report: Deals in place to make iPhone "mobile wallet" – USA TODAY


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Report: Deals in place to make iPhone "mobile wallet"
USA TODAY
Apple's next iPhone will be a so-called mobile wallet that enables users to make credit card payments with just their phone in some stores, according to a new report. Apple (AAPL) has lined up agreements with credit card giants Visa (V), American Express …
Why Apple's mobile-payments system might actually workQuartz
Apple to Partner with Visa, Mastercard and American Express for iWallet Headlines & Global News
Rumor: Apple To Enter Mobile Payments Space With NFC-Enabled iPhone 6Vending Times
Businessweek -Daily Mail -DailyTech
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Posted on 1 September 2014 | 5:18 pm

Yellowstone Super Eruption Possible, Not Catastrophic – Nature World News


Nature World News

Yellowstone Super Eruption Possible, Not Catastrophic
Nature World News
A volcanic supereruption at Yellowstone National Park, while unlikely, is possible within the next few centuries. And though it may sound bad, the aftermath would not be catastrophic, according to a new study. Advanced computer modeling finds that a …
Yellowstone National Park: coming extraordinary eruption? Let's hope notTechsonia
Ash Could Cover Los Angeles and NYC if Yellowstone Supervolcano EruptsAmerican Live Wire
Yellowstone super eruption possible but will not be apocalyptic: USGSTech Times
Northern Voices Online -WallStreet OTC -Auto World News
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Posted on 1 September 2014 | 5:18 pm

‘Cloud’ concerns after celebrity picture leaks – BBC News


BBC News

'Cloud' concerns after celebrity picture leaks
BBC News
Experts have raised concerns over the security of "cloud" storage sites following the leak of intimate pictures of celebrities. It is understood some of the images were obtained from services such as Apple iCloud that back up content from devices on to the …
Hundreds of Intimate Celebrity Pictures Leaked Online Following Suspected Newsweek
Report: Apple fixes bug exposing nude celeb photosUSA TODAY
Apple patches iCloud security gap after celebrity photos hacked, reports sayCBS News
Forbes -Channel 4 News -Huffington Post (blog)
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Posted on 1 September 2014 | 5:02 pm

First look at Apple’s new ‘spaceship’ HQ – drone view – Telegraph.co.uk


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First look at Apple's new 'spaceship' HQ – drone view
Telegraph.co.uk
Apple's iPhone 6 is high on the news agenda, but a project with a longer legacy is under construction. "Campus 2", otherwise known as "the spaceship" is being built in Cupertino, California. YouTube user jmcminn captured this footage of the building's …
First images of Apple Campus under construction captured using a drone Dezeen
Apple's under-construction spaceship HQ captured in GoPro videoDigital Spy UK
Apple's new 'spaceship' headquarters unveiled with commercially available The Drum
CRIENGLISH.com
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Posted on 1 September 2014 | 4:31 pm

PS4 Update Adding Themes To The Dashboard – Forbes


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PS4 Update Adding Themes To The Dashboard
Forbes
PS4 dashboards are about to get a lot more customizable. Sony Sony has just announced that the PS4 will follow in the footsteps of the Vita by adding custom themes to the console's Dashboard. The reveal showcased a few animated themes featuring …
Sony eager to woo Japanese with Dragon Quest, other software for PlayStation U.S. News & World Report

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Posted on 1 September 2014 | 4:28 pm

China to Microsoft: You Have 20 Days to Explain Compatibility Problems – Maximum PC


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China to Microsoft: You Have 20 Days to Explain Compatibility Problems
Maximum PC
Around the same time China banned Windows 8 from government use over concerns that there could be built-in spying mechanisms, authorities also began investigating Microsoft for antitrust violations. The latest in China's antitrust probe over Microsoft's …
China gives Microsoft 20 days to answer anti-trust probeNetwork World
China gives Microsoft 20 days to answer questions in anti-monopoly probePCWorld
Microsoft gets 20 days to come clean in antitrust investigationTechRadar UK
Techie News -Maine News Online -Windows IT Pro
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Posted on 1 September 2014 | 4:11 pm

Hyperlapse: 13 amazing timelapse videos made with new Instagram iPhone app – Mirror.co.uk


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Hyperlapse: 13 amazing timelapse videos made with new Instagram iPhone app
Mirror.co.uk
A new app from Instagram makes it possible for users to create amazing timelapse videos using nothing but their iPhones. Timelapse videos – which take frames at slow speeds to give the illusion that time is speeding up – have always been difficult to create, …
Instagram launches time-lapse video app for iPhoneABS CBN News
Hyperlapse claims 'jitter-free' timelapseStuff.co.nz

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Posted on 1 September 2014 | 2:55 pm

Delivery-by-drone service any time soon? – Economic Times


Economic Times

Delivery-by-drone service any time soon?
Economic Times
By Conor Dougherty SAN FRANCISCO: The tech industry's enthusiasm for building small delivery drones may be getting ahead of figuring out what to do with them. On Thursday, with much fanfare, Google revealed Project Wing, an experimental program out …
Drone groan: first Amazon — and now GoogleThe Seattle Times
Google delivery drone takes to the skies with 'Project Wing' (+video)Christian Science Monitor

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Posted on 1 September 2014 | 10:22 am

Antarctic coastal waters ‘rising faster’ – BBC News


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Antarctic coastal waters 'rising faster'
BBC News
Melting ice is fuelling sea-level rise around the coast of Antarctica, a new report in Nature Geoscience finds. Near-shore waters went up by about 2mm per year more than the general trend for the Southern Ocean as a whole in the period between 1992 and …
New satellite maps show polar ice caps melting at 'unprecedented rate'The Guardian
Melting Antarctic ice sheet raising sea-level fasterBusiness Standard
Antarctic sea-level surge linked to icesheet lossABC Science Online
Newsroom America -Business Insider Australia
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Posted on 1 September 2014 | 10:21 am

Lessons from extinction – Wilkes Barre Times-Leader

Lessons from extinction
Wilkes Barre Times-Leader
I had just finished interviewing Gross, who is the Pennsylvania Game Commission's director of the Endangered and Nongame Birds Section, about the passenger pigeon and the significance of the 100th anniversary of the day it went extinct. Gross talked …

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Posted on 31 August 2014 | 2:49 am

Tech News Headlines – Yahoo News

EU regulators to decide on Facebook, WhatsApp deal by Oct. 3

Illustration photo shows "likes" on WhatsApp's Facebook page displayed on a laptop screen in ParisBRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union antitrust regulators will decide by Oct. 3 whether to clear world No. 1 online social network Facebook's $19 billion offer for mobile messaging startup WhatsApp, the European Commission said on Monday. Facebook requested EU approval last week, the Commission's website showed. The EU competition watchdog can either clear the deal unconditionally, demand concessions or extend the preliminary review into a wider probe. Facebook expects to close the deal, its largest in its 10-year history, this year. U.S. …

Posted on 1 September 2014 | 9:48 am

China gives Microsoft 20 days to provide explanation in anti-trust probe

People visit the Microsoft booth during the 2014 Computex exhibition at the TWTC Nangang exhibition hall in TaipeiA Chinese anti-trust regulator said on Monday it has given Microsoft Corp 20 days to reply to queries on the compatibility of its Windows operating system and Office software suite amid a probe into the world's largest software company. The State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) questioned Microsoft Vice President David Chen and gave the company a deadline to make an explanation, the agency said in a short statement on its website. Microsoft is one of at least 30 foreign companies that have come under scrutiny by China's anti-monopoly regulators as the government seeks to enforce its six-year old antitrust law. According to a state media report on Monday, Microsoft's use of verification codes also spurred complaints from Chinese companies.

Posted on 1 September 2014 | 10:00 am

New Apple iPhone to have ‘mobile wallet’ function: Bloomberg

The Apple logo is pictured on the front of a retail store in the Marina neighborhood in San Francisco(Reuters) – Apple Inc plans to enable its next iPhone to become a mobile wallet by allowing owners to securely make mobile payments in a store with the touch of a finger, Bloomberg said on Sunday, citing a person familiar with the situation. The agreement includes participation by Visa Inc., MasterCard Inc and American Express Co and will be announced Sept. 9 along with unveiling of the next iPhone, according to the source, who Bloomberg said asked not to be identified because the talks are private.

Posted on 1 September 2014 | 8:47 am

Swatch prefers go-it-alone route for smartwatch plans

The logo of Swiss watchmaker Swatch is seen on the door of a Swatch watches shop in StrasbourgBy Silke Koltrowitz BIEL (Switzerland) (Reuters) – Swatch Group is happy to go it alone with a launch next year of watches with "smart" features to compete with so-called wearable gadgets from the big tech companies, a market potentially worth $93 billion. Swatch Chief Executive Nick Hayek said these new watches might allow the wearer to count the number of steps they take and calories they burn. "All the big technology firms want to work with us and I don't rule out that we are or could be collaborating in some areas. Apple Inc has just invited media to a "special event" next month, fuelling speculation it might present a much-anticipated "iWatch." The possibility of an iWatch launch is partly responsible for Swatch shares losing almost 15 percent so far this year, lagging a 3 percent rise in the European sector.

Posted on 31 August 2014 | 9:20 am

Telecom Italia in a bind after losing GVT bid battle

People walk past a Telecom Italia phone booth in RomeBy Leila Abboud, Pamela Barbaglia and Stephen Jewkes PARIS/LONDON/MILAN (Reuters) – Telecom Italia has lost a promising path to earnings growth by failing to secure Brazilian broadband business GVT and may now turn from hunter to hunted in a fast-consolidating telecoms industry. Winning the auction for French media company Vivendi's GVT was vital for both Telecom Italia and its rival, Spain's Telefonica, as their European markets have been shrinking. Italy was gripped by a mobile price war for much of last year, revenue is falling and competition remains tough. Telecom Italia lost out to Telefonica as it could not afford to top its 7.45-billion-euro offer for GVT.

Posted on 31 August 2014 | 2:00 pm

Exclusive: Bitcoin promoter to plead guilty to unlicensed money transmission

Bitcoin Foundation Vice Chairman Shrem exits the Manhattan Federal Courthouse in New YorkBy Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) – Bitcoin entrepreneur Charlie Shrem has reached a plea deal to resolve U.S. Shrem, the former vice chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation, will plead guilty next Thursday in New York federal court to unlicensed money transmission, Marc Agnifilo, his lawyer told Reuters in an email. Prosecutors had previously charged Shrem with operating an unlicensed money transmitting business, money laundering conspiracy and failing to file suspicious activity reports with government banking authorities. Federal authorities shut down Silk Road last year, though a new Internet marketplace under the same name was launched in November.

Posted on 30 August 2014 | 12:25 am

Video: Drone captures amazing bird’s-eye view of Apple’s new spaceship campus

Video: Drone captures amazing bird’s-eye view of Apple’s new spaceship campusWe’ve all seen photos of the new spaceship-like headquarters Apple is building in Cupertino, California right now, but none of us have seen it quite like this. YouTube user “jmcminn” last week posted a video he shot using a DJI Phantom 2 “drone” equipped with a GoPro Hero 3+ video camera. The video gives us the first bird’s-eye view of Apple’s Campus 2, which is currently under construction in Cupertino. The video is incredibly clear and it shows us exactly how unique and interesting (in other words, bizarre) Apple’s futuristic new spaceship campus is shaping up to be. The full drone video is embedded below.

Posted on 1 September 2014 | 5:30 pm

Sending nude selfies is increasingly common behavior

Sending nude selfies is increasingly common behaviorHundreds of nude and revealing photos of female celebrities were released onto the internet last night by a hacker. Authorities have yet to identify the culprit and its also not clear exactly how he or she got access to these women's accounts, with iCloud the most widely reported service suspected of being breached. As the world digests the shocking breach of privacy, one common sentiment seems to be that anyone careless enough to take naked photos in digital form should be prepared for the embarrassment of having them leak.

Posted on 1 September 2014 | 5:26 pm

Would you pay $400 for an iWatch?

Would you pay $400 for an iWatch?Given how not-so-well most smartwatches have sold so far, Apple would have to be crazy to charge $400 for the iWatch unless it brought something truly new to the table… right? Re/code’s sources say that Apple execs “have discussed charging around $400 for the company’s new wearable device” although that’s apparently just one of many price points under consideration for different device types. In fact, pricing for the iWatch is apparently still very much up in the air and Re/code’s sources still aren’t sure whether Apple will even unveil any pricing at all during its September 9th event when it will show off its first wearable computer alongside the iPhone 6. Unlike the iPhone 6, which has practically been leaked to death

Posted on 1 September 2014 | 5:05 pm

NASA to reformat Mars rover’s memory from 125 million miles away

NASA to reformat Mars rover's memory from 125 million miles awayNASA's long-running Mars rover Opportunity is going to have its memory reformatted in an attempt to resolve a series of recurring errors that have been interrupting its work for a day or two at a time with some frequency over the last month. The rover, which is now over 10 years old and well beyond its original mission lifetime, reset itself over a dozen times last month because of what NASA says is likely an issue with worn-out flash memory that it's attempting to store data in. …

Posted on 1 September 2014 | 4:57 pm